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Late 1800's Tab Style Lightning Rod Insulators

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Insulators192 of 288glass insulators......from 1963Beauty in form and color
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Posted 5 years ago


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Here is an area of collecting that not many people are familiar with. These are lightning rod insulators, I found them out scrounging around this weekend. Back in the old days lightning was a constant fear. You would put a lightning rod on each end of your house and barn, and run the rod down the side of the structure to a grounding rod stuck 3-4' in the ground. These insulators were used to insulate the rod from the structure as it traveled down the side to the grounding rod. They come in a variety of colors and designs and these date from the late 1800's. I have included a link so you can see how pretty a lot of these really are. These are a lot harder to find then regular insulators and really look nice in a display.


  1. mnglass mnglass, 5 years ago
    Very cool Packrat.....Insulators are my #1 hobby......Thanks for posting
  2. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    Nice post Pack ! If you lived in a farm like me we remember these :-)
  3. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much for the kind words Manikin & mnglass.
    Thank you very much for the love mikielikesigns2 & mrmajestic1.
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    I've never seen these, we have lot's of lightning rods on the old building, but they never put insulators on the ground wire.
  5. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Thank you very much for the kind words BELLIN68 & walksoftly. These actually were quite common many years ago, but are getting harder to find all the time. If you go to the site I posted, you will see some beautiful ones.
  6. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    I did check it out so that I would know what they looked like if I came across some, nice link.
  7. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    They really are pretty. One nice thing about them is that they do not take up alot of space!

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